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What is a Load Balancing Fabric, And Why You Need One

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Apr 17, 2019 2:17:11 PM

When you enter a query into the Google Search Engine, thousands of containers distributed across a global network spring into action to give you results instantly. That is also how YouTube and Gmail work too.
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Topics: Software Load Balancer, automation, IT Automation, intent-based load balancer, Multi-cloud Load Balancing, load balancer automation

Controller vs. Instance Manager - Why You Should Look Under the Hood of your Load Balancer

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Mar 28, 2019 9:38:22 AM

If you work with load balancers, you’ve probably heard the term “controller” lately. Enterprises have had to significantly increase their load balancer footprint to keep up with the growing number of applications. The controller is the way to automate the management and lifecycle of load balancers across data centers and clouds. But here’s the problem, load balancing vendors like F5 Networks, Citrix, and NGINX do not have a controller. They have an instance manager. Let’s explore the difference.
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Does Your Load Balancer Spark Joy?

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Feb 14, 2019 11:14:48 AM

The world is ablaze with Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method™. Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and her Netflix series have impacted the lives of millions around the globe. Marie Kondo's method starts with a simple question: “Does it spark joy?” If a particular item sparks joy, keep it. If not, part ways with it.
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Topics: Software Load Balancer, software-defined load balancing, software load balancing, Hardware, f5 vs avi networks, hardware load balancer vs software load balancer

It's Time to Say "Goodbye" to the Load Balancer Appliance

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Jan 8, 2019 2:33:47 PM

The start of a New Year serves as a great reminder to re-evaluate objectives, initiatives, and technologies. As we move forward into 2019, it is important to leave the past in the past and begin building towards the future. And appliance load balancers are something enterprises need to say “goodbye” to ASAP — and for good reason!
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Topics: software-defined load balancing, f5 vs avi networks, hardware load balancer vs software load balancer

Announcing Universal Service Mesh: Avi Networks Integration with Istio

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Dec 4, 2018 10:14:17 AM

Today, Avi Networks announced plans to integrate with Istio to create a Universal Service Mesh that spans traditional and containerized applications on cloud, VM, and bare-metal infrastructure.
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Topics: service mesh, universal service mesh, istio service mesh, Istio integrations, integration with istio

5 Ways to Recycle Your Old F5 Load Balancers

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Nov 19, 2018 10:42:58 AM

Last year, I had a bit of fun defending hardware appliances with my article Avi vs. F5: 9 Reasons Why Hardware is Better than Software. If you couldn’t tell, sarcasm is my first language.
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Topics: Hardware

Introducing Avi SaaS — The First SaaS Load Balancer with Multi-cloud Capabilities:

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Oct 30, 2018 9:51:50 AM

Today, we are excited to announce the launch of Avi SaaS, a cloud managed solution to deliver Avi's load balancing, WAF, GSLB, and service mesh across multi-cloud environments.
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Topics: Multi-cloud Load Balancing, saas

Load Balancer Automation: Avi Networks is to the Jetsons as F5 Networks is to the Flintstones

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Aug 16, 2018 10:41:45 AM

Visit AviNetworks.com or F5 Networks’ website and there will be no shortage of the word “automation”. In fact, both load balancing solutions sound very much alike according to their marketing teams, but in practice they couldn’t be more different.
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Topics: Autoscaling, automation, load balancer automation

Multi-Cloud Load Balancing: Separating Fact from Fiction

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Jul 11, 2018 10:02:54 AM

We now live in a multi-cloud world. And it makes sense. Enterprises need highly available applications that can support customers all over the globe. Hybrid and multi-cloud environments, the concept of managing multiple infrastructure environments together as one, give businesses choice and flexibility with their infrastructure. Why would you lock themselves into a single data center or a single cloud?
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Topics: Software Load Balancer, multicloud traffic management, Multi-Cloud, intent-based load balancer, Multi-cloud Load Balancing

What is "Intent-Based" Anyway? The 3 Components of an Intent-Based Load Balancer

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Jun 19, 2018 9:47:18 AM

Chances are you’ve seen the phrase “intent-based application services” or “intent-based load balancer” (hint: that language is used all over Avi Networks' website). Application services refer to load balancing, WAF, and service mesh. But what about “intent-based”? Is “intent-based” just a bunch of marketing fluff? Actually, no. I’m well-versed in the fluff of industry peers. The story behind intent-based is straight forward.
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Topics: Software Load Balancer, software-defined load balancing, software load balancing, Elastic Load Balancing, intent-based application services, intent-based networking, intent-based load balancer

  
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